Writers on Writing: The Art of the Short Story

Writers on Writing: The Art of the Short Story

by Maurice A. Lee (Editor)


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Short stories have enjoyed a long and popular history, with many famous writers attempting the craft at some point or another. Here, Lee assembles a variety of writers who comment on the form itself and its many meanings and manifestations. Concentrating on the features and challenges of the short story, contributors from Amiri Baraka to Richard Ford and Jayne Anne Phillips to Janette Turner Hospital discuss their own writing, the writing of others, the short story form, gender, politics, and other issues concerning the writing of short fiction. Readers will come away with a fuller understanding and appreciation of the craft of the short story writer.

Taking a populist approach to the subject, Writers on Writing focuses on relaying to readers the truth about short story writing. Writers from around the globe reveal the secrets of the form and their own approaches to it, as well as criticism of other writers and their output. Challenging some of the traditional views of past and current critics about short fiction, they present a new outlook on the short story that speaks to both the short story writer and the short story reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313315923
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/30/2005
Series: Contributions to the Study of World Literature Series , #128
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Maurice A. Lee is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of English at the University of Central Arkansas. He is also the founder and Chief Editor of The Journal of Caribbean Literatures (JCLs), which he founded in 1999. He co-edited the book A Reader's Companion to the Short Story in English (Greenwood, 2000).

Table of Contents





The Short Story: Definition

Relationship of Writer to Short Story

Storytelling: The Short Story and Pedagogy

Culture and the Short Story Form

The Short Story and Politics

The Role of Gender in Short Story Writing

The Short Story: Process of Discovery

The Short Story: Why We Write

The Short Story: Form

The Art of the Short Story

About the Contributors

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